RESIDENTS should expect ‘intense’ thunderstorms and torrential downpours later this week, according to forecasters.

This come after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning covering the entire north of England.

It will remain in place for nine hours, coming into force at 11am on Thursday through to 8pm the same day.

Meteorologists say  there is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds possible.

Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services, while spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

Runcorn and Widnes World:

There is a small chance that some rural communities could temporarily become cut off by flooded roads.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Following overnight rain and showers, more intense showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out fairly widely from late-morning, before easing during the evening.

“While most areas will miss the most intense storms, torrential downpours are possible in a few places.

“Where these occur, there is potential for 20 to 30mm of rain in less than an hour, and up to 40mm in two hours.

“This would have the potential to generate surface water flooding, especially if it falls over an urban area.”